Timber is our best option for commercial volumes in sustainable building materials. If we continue to develop our country’s infrastructure then we should be choosing the most environmentally friendly option possible.
Wood Solutions explains that “the answer lies in timber’s low embodied energy – that is, minimal non-renewable energy is consumed in the production of and construction with timber. Timber also has inherent thermal properties, meaning timber structures rely less on carbon-emitting heating and cooling devices. Add to this timber’s recyclability, the fact that it stores carbon for life, and has a high aesthetic quality“.
By taking all factors that timber has to offer into consideration, sustainably harvested wood is our answer to a greener future. The Victorian Association of Forestry Industries (VAFI) has stated that: “timber is a renewable, biodegradable, recyclable product”.
Compared to timber, your other choices are building materials such as aluminium, steel, concrete and plastic – which are all responsible for emitting huge amounts of GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions and have high embodied energy content.
You can compare the figures for yourself in this extract of an embodied energy table from the Victorian Government.
For even more sustainability facts, read our ASH sustainability page.